I was diagnosed with asthma at the age of 9 as I had an attack whilst on my first trip abroad (I'm now 32) and have taken a Bricanyl Turbohaler (AstraZeneca) inhaler since then. I also had the Pulmicort inhaler too (brown) but I'm not sure what age I was when I started taken this. 2.5 years ago my asthma took a turn for the worse and my doctor switched the Pulmicort for Symbicort (red) and my asthma became more manageable and is now very well controlled.
However, I have been experiencing very bad voice problems and think it could be something to do with the Symbicort as it is a corticosteroid drug. My voice has been hoarse for a number of years now but it seems to be getting worse especially in the last year. I am constantly clearing my throat and it always feels like there is something stuck around my voice box. I have lost my voice a number of times. It is very frustrating as my job requires me to speak very frequently.
I started to do some research and I thought I was suffering from acid reflux and I began trialing out some over the counter medicines for this problem but nothing has helped and it seems to be getting a lot worse.
I understand you are supposed to rinse your mouth out after taking a oral corticosteroid and this is something I have never done. The problem is not in my mouth though, it is lower down where the voice box is.
Could the Symbicort be causing the problem? I have made an appointment for my doctors tomorrow to discuss the problem (when I have been before about this I have been told there is nothing wrong with me) Is there anything I can do to help the symptoms and is there an alternative to Symbicort which would be better?